Past Program

Sep 07 - Sep 12, 2008

Peace-Making and Peace-Building: Securing the Contributions of Women and Civil Society


This session will focus on increasing the coherence and effectiveness of conflict resolution, peace-building, reconciliation and peace-keeping efforts by focusing specifically on mechanisms to increase the effective participation of civil society organizations (CSOs), political minorities, and, in particular, the full and equal participation of women. Critical questions surrounding, and notable gaps in, the implementation of inclusive peace-building processes will be addressed. Particular focus will be given to efforts to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, which recognizes the importance of including women in all peacekeeping and peace-building measures.


Participants will focus on mechanisms to close the gaps between rhetoric and policy, and between policy and implementation. The session will also give attention to strengthening and more broadly disseminating case studies and evidence that clearly demonstrates the practical benefits of including women and CSOs in peace and security processes, and how to do so effectively. Additionally, comparative case studies will be shared and analyzed to extract key lessons, strategies and approaches-seeking elements that could be adapted to different contexts and successfully applied.


The program will emphasize strategies and mechanisms to close gaps in implementation, considering, amongst other things: the effectiveness of action plans at national and intergovernmental levels; the need for clear, specific and measureable commitments; the creation of accountability measures; successful means to raise awareness and understanding; the need for benchmarks and resource allocation; and, effective advocacy and coalition efforts. Participants will investigate specific aspects of peacemaking and peace-building processes, sharing experiences, successful practices and approaches, and working through common challenges. The seminar will result in the articulation and exchange of ideas and recommendations for policy adjustments, changes in field-based practice, and advocacy strategies, and in the expansion of active networks and strategic alliances to achieve the goals of UNSCR 1325 and to improve peace and security processes through the full participation of women, civil society and under-represented stakeholders.



*This program is being undertaken in cooperation with the Hunt Alternatives Fund and the Initiative for Inclusive Security. The Initiative for Inclusive Security advocates for the full participation of all stakeholders, especially women, in peace processes. Since 1999, Inclusive Security has connected more than 800 women experts with over 5,000 policy shapers to collaborate on fresh, workable solutions to long-standing conflicts across the globe. We are grateful for the support of the Initiative for Inclusive Security and Hunt Alternatives Fund.


Recommendations: Actions to Enact More Inclusive Peace Processes

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